Cycling Weekly November 11, 2021

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when gravel bikes first arrived on the scene I admit I was sceptical. An American invention that wasn’t needed in the UK, I thought. We don’t have the terrain and cross and mtbs are all you need to go and play off-road. How wrong I was. I’ve written many times about the joy of discovering my local bridleways and paths during 2021’s periods of lockdown, and in this week’s gravel-focused issue you can read about my two days riding the North Downs Way. The second part of which went straight into my top 10 days on a bike. A gravel bike can be a great do-it-all machine, and if I had to live with just one bike, that’s what I’d go for. The growing gravel scene is also helping Cycling UK open…

dowsett left with no regrets despite hour disappointment

Pain etched on his face and staggering back to track centre with the help of his coach Dr Michael Hutchinson and partner Chanel, Alex Dowsett cut a dejected figure last Wednesday night. He’d fallen short in his quest to beat Victor Campenaerts’s Hour record of 55.089km by just over 500m (two laps of the track), setting a distance of 54.555km at Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico. But it took only a few minutes before he picked himself up and held his head high. He had ridden with the logos of his haemophilia charity Little Bleeders and the Haemophilia Society emblazoned across his skinsuit and his aim to raise money and awareness of the condition, which he himself has, appeared to have galvanised him. “The biggest failure today would have been to have never tried and…

bäckstedt romps home at cx euro champs

Zoe Bäckstedt won the junior European cyclo-cross title at Col du Vam in the Netherlands last Saturday, riding what British Cycling cyclo-cross coordinator Matt Ellis called “one of those races you dream of”. “She knew exactly what she was doing,” he said. “She knew her lines, and she just executed the perfect plan.” It was another gold medal to add to the numerous major wins the second-year junior has already taken this season. Leading from the off, she finished 1.06 ahead of Dutch rider Leonie Bentveld, whose compatriot Nienke Venke came in a further 24 seconds back for bronze. The 17-year-old Welsh rider’s victory comes on the back of the World Championships road race gold and time trial silver she took in Flanders in late September, as well as a trio of wins she…


Elite women: Lucinda Brand (Ned); 2, K.V. Blanka (Hun); 3, Y. Kastelijn (Ned). Elite men: Lars van der Haar (Ned); 2, Q. Hermans (Bel); M. Vanthourenhout (Bel). U23 women: Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned); 2, P. Pieterse (Ned); 3, F. Van Empel (Ned); 9, Millie Couzens (GBr); 10, Josie Nelson (GBr). U23 men: Ryan Kamp (Ned); 2, N. Vandeputte (Bel); 3, T. Nys (Bel); 6. Cameron Mason (GBr); 12, Joseph Blackmore (GBr); 17, Toby Barnes (GBr); 26, Corran Carrick-Anderson (GBr). Junior women: Zoe Bäckstedt (GBr); 2, L. Bentveld (Ned); 3, N. Vinke (Ned); 9, Ella Maclean-Howell (GBr); 10, Libby Bell (GBr); 23, Elizabeth McKinnon (GBr); 31, Niamh Murphy (GBr). Junior men: Aaron Dockx (Bel); 2, D. Haverdings (Ned); 3, L. Paletti (Ita); 6, Oliver Akers (GBr); 11, Max Greensill (GBr); 12, Nathan Smith (GBr); 33, Ben…

biddulph’s records go the distance

Lynne Biddulph (née Taylor), who held the women’s Land’s End to John o’ Groats record for 19 years and is still the fastest woman to ride 1,000 miles, has become the first person to be given a special award by the FT Bidlake Memorial Prize in honour of past achievements. Since 1933 the annual award Trust in charge of the prize has recognised outstanding cyclists and volunteers. Previous winners of the award have included Tom Simpson, Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Bradley Wiggins. Jonathan Shubert, who last November became the first person to ride 100 miles in sub-three hours, completing the century in 2-57.58, was given the Bidlake Award for 2020 – awarded last month. Speaking of Biddulph’s special award the committee said: “This is the first time the Trust has given an…

giro d’italia 2022 route unveiled

The route of the Giro d’Italia will see competitors tackle five uphill finishes, just 26km of time trialling and a double ascent of the famous Blockhaus climb in a bid to wear the pink jersey at the race’s end in Verona. The route, which looks designed to build to a crescendo, visits both new and old ascents, with stretches of doubledigit gradients. After three days in and around Budapest, Hungary, the race transfers to Sicily where it will do a new version of the ascent of the Etna volcano that stitches together the bottom and top of two different ascents it has used previously. The rest of the first week offers chances for both sprinters and breakaway artists, with hilly and flat stages before Sunday’s brutal mountain stage with 4,990m of climbing that…